Pirates extend Tabata

Jose Tabata

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the signing of outfielder Jose Tabata to a six-year contract extension through 2016 with club options for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Tabata will now earn $500,000 this year, along with a $1 million signing bonus. His salary will jump to $750,000 in 2012, $1 million in '13, $3 million in '14, $4 million in '15 and $4.5 million in '16. That totals a guaranteed $14.75 million.

There are also three club options attached to the extension, which give the Pirates the ability to keep Tabata from becoming a free agent until after the 2019 season. Those options total $22.5 million. There is a $250,000 buyout attached to each option.

"These contracts are about shared risk -- in our case, the guaranteed dollars, in Jose's case, the risk of leaving money on the table," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "It's about compromise."

The 23-year-old Tabata is hitting .267 with 14 doubles, four home runs, 15 stolen bases, 44 runs scored and 17 RBI in 75 games this year with the Pirates. Tabata made his Major League debut last year on June 9 and hit .299 with 21 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 35 RBI, 61 runs scored and 19 stolen bases in 102 games. Following the All-Star break he produced a .322 average, which ranked seventh among all National League hitters and 93 hits, which ranked second in the league behind Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez.

"I like Pittsburgh," Tabata said. "I like the city. I like the people. I want to stay here for a long time."

Tabata was acquired by the Pirates along with pitchers Jeff Karstens, Ross Ohlendorf and Daniel Mc- Cutchen from the Yankees, on July 26, 2008.

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